Dressing EL Dorado County children in need (K-12)
Children Shop for
814 Students Dressed
Children who go to school without adequate clothing often suffer low self-esteem. Students (K-12th grade) are identified by El Dorado County public school personnel and brought by their parents/guardians to Operation School Bell events at local retail sponsored outlets to shop for brand NEW clothing; many are outfitted from head to toe with the assistance of one of our caring member volunteers.
792 Volunteer Hours
We could not provide shopping events without the support of our members, the schools and community. In 2021, 721 member volunteer hours and 61 community volunteer hours were given to conduct 7 shopping events for 814 students.
El Dorado County Office of Education and our local retailers are the BEST!
Our impact grows yearly, over 7,021 students have been served.
Since the program formation Operation School Bell has grown from 79 students clothed in 2008 to 814 students in 2021-22. The K-8 children who visit the shopping event all leave with a huge bag of new clothes, wide grins and a renewed sense of confidence.
Working in partnership with the El Dorado County Office of Education and Target and Walmart stores, we were able to expand our reach to 54 schools and conducted 7 shopping events from September – November. Our partnership also includes First Book to provide each child with a new book appropriate for their age.
This year Operation School Bell met the needs of 18% of the disadvantaged and homeless children in our county with the help of our community, sponsors and grantors. We strive to do more in the coming year.
I am an 8th grader at South Lake Tahoe Middle School. I am currently in a group home in Tahoe and was able to participate in the Operation School Bell Program. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity that your organization gave me to find some new clothing. I do not receive a clothing allowance, and though I have gotten a few new clothes from the group home, the money I received today really, really helped. Especially with fall around the corner! ~ Name withheld
In today’s economy, there is such a great need for programs like this. One student thanked me profusely for the new clothes she had gotten. She shared that her mother had not been able to buy her anything new for school this year and that she was wearing used clothing that someone had given her. ~ JoAnn Hernandez, Counselor South Lake Tahoe Middle School
When asked why he had two pairs of shoes in his shopping cart, the middle school boy said he had been wearing his Aunt’s shoes for the last two years. His feet were sticking over the backs of the shoes.
I am sending a big thank you on behalf of my nephew, from Pleasant Grove Middle School. He participated in Operation School Bell shopping at Target and was beyond happy. He picked out a lot of nice clothes and then was so surprised with the haircut certificate and book at the end. It made him feel very, very special. He lost his Mom to cancer 2.5 years ago, so every act of kindness is a real blessing to him. Thank You again! ~ Name withheld
Dick Williams, Superintendent and Principal of Mountain Creek Middle School shared comments from his students: “This was so cool. I really needed a new jacket and didn’t have one before”. “I got new shoes, this shirt, these cool pants and a sweater! My old shoes had holes in the bottom so now I won’t have shoes that leak when it rains!”. “I have never had a flannel shirt before, now I have two!”. You can see this was a very meaningful event for kids in real need. They were so happy to get things that most others simply take for granted.